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Friday, 24 March 2017

Your YouTube #109

We're back into weekends with plenty of guests again. I am kind of looking forward to it and nervous in equal measure. I know that my children love living here, which is the benefit of doing this job, but it's also incredibly time consuming and I have really enjoyed spending time with them at the weekends. I know it will be tough, but we have some lovely people come and stay, so it will definitely be worth it. I'm going to count down until our summer holiday in October!

This week I've chosen a video from Elinor at Beach Hut Cook. Her easy gin cocktails look absolutely amazing and I shall definitely be trying them out. I think some gin might have to be requested for Mother's Day! I love how simple the recipes are and that you can make them easily. Elinor's video style is really lovely to watch too, I would definitely recommend subscribing to her channel.


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Thursday, 23 March 2017

Poop Emoji Cake Tutorial

How to make a poop emoji cake! My mum and I were a little stuck as to what kind of cake to make for my daughter. She had requested a shopkins cake with blood and a forest. It all sounded a bit much, and I wasn't sure how we were going to do it. Her favourite present that she got for her birthday was a poo emoji cushion. At the last minute, I figured we could make a poo emoji cake. It worked really well and she absolutely loved it!

So what will you need to make a poop emoji cake? Well I have to admit that I cheated a bit and bought two packs of cake mix from the supermarket, but you can just use a standard sponge recipe and use double the mix. For my cake I used three tins, all different sizes. You could also use a large glass bowl and cut the cake up at the end. Pour all of the mixture from one standard sponge recipe into one tin and then split the mixture in the next two smaller tins.


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Friday, 17 March 2017

Your YouTube #108

Compared with last week, this one has had far less going on. I have still managed to wallpaper and paint a room, put up a bed and clear an awful lot of crap out, and that was just on Monday! We are very nearly ready to accept guests, and I'll be vlogging the bathroom transformations soon. I am also seriously thinking about joining in with VEDA (vlog every day in April). December is too busy for me to join in with vlogmas, but I think I could possibly manage April. I just need to up my editing game this month so I have a few videos lined up.

This week I've chosen a video from Molly at Mother's Always Right. Her mum only trip to Cornwall looked like my idea of heaven for a few days. Plenty of drinks flowing, good food and great company. They also got to stay in what looks like a wonderful hotel right by the sea. It's a great vlog and the end really made me giggle too!



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Thursday, 16 March 2017

Disney on Ice celebrates 100 years of Magic

Last year we went to review the Disney on Ice Silvery Anniversary Tour. This year Disney on Ice is back and better than ever, with a celebration of one hundred years of Disney magic. As with every show, there will be some incredible stunts and wonderful songs for everyone to enjoy.

Disney on Ice 100 years of magic

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Saturday, 11 March 2017

Keeping children active #Swissefamillies

Back in 2014 when I wrote my dissertation on childhood obesity, one of the main findings of my research was that children simply do not play outside or as actively as they used to.  I totally understand parents' fears, but we need to let our children play as actively as possible. They need to rough and tumble, to play fight. It's how they learn their boundaries. Even chimps play in that way.

ClipNClimb Ilkley

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Friday, 10 March 2017

Your YouTube #107

I survived two birthdays and a birthday party. It has been a tiring week, but a really rewarding one. I still can't get my head around the fact that I have a six and an eight year old now. I have also made some interesting cakes this week, as you'll see from the first video I link up! At least we know that all the birthday madness is over for another year!

This week I've chosen a video from Charlotte at Charlotte the Magpie Mama. Her video on loneliness as a new mum will hit a nerve with so many mums. I remember feeling totally overwhelmed when my son was born. I was lucky that I met up with a group of women from BabyCentre who were all due the same month as me and I made some fantastic friends that way. Charlotte tells of how baby groups felt really alien and mums were hard to approach when they were already in their little friend groups.

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Tuesday, 7 March 2017

My Mum Moments - and a Hotel Chocolat Giveaway

Sometimes you get those moments, you know, the ones where you think you might have cracked being a parent.  The ones where you realises you are winning at life. Let's be honest, they don't happen often, so they are absolutely to be celebrated and made the most of. As parents, we have a tough time raising our children. They certainly don't thank us for the majority of parenting that we do, and at times it can be pretty rough. I thought I would share with you my winning mum moments, and hopefully you'll share yours with me too!

Hotel Chocolat Mother's Day Sleekster

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Monday, 6 March 2017

Dear Beautiful Girl - Now you are six

Dear Beautiful Girl,

This week you turned six, and as ever at this time of year, I am writing you a letter about your year of being five! I love looking back on these letters and videos, seeing how your character is changing and how you are growing up. This year I am struggling a little to get my head around my baby being six! Recently you've grown in height and none of your clothes seem to fit you any more. Your favourite colours are still red and black, but you are willing to also wear some more 'girly' dresses, and it's wonderful to see you dressing up occasionally.

Stream jumping

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Friday, 3 March 2017

Your YouTube #106

I hope you have all had a wonderful week. I have had a few parenting fails this week, including leaving my son's sport kit at home today, meaning he had to do sport and swimming in lost property clothes! There just seems to be so much to remember at the moment! I'm hoping that my brain comes back next week. In the meantime, I'm looking forward to my best friend coming up to stay tonight and Saturday evening. Then I just have the small matter of a joint birthday party to get out of the way on Sunday. I shall need ALL the gin on Sunday night!

This week I've chosen a video from Victoria at Verily Victoria Vocalises. For those of you who have followed Victoria and her husband's IVF journey, this video is so lovely to watch. They reveal the gender of their baby in such a lovely way. I challenge you not to shed a tear at their daughter's reaction!

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Thursday, 2 March 2017

February 2017 - Month in a minute

Wow, February has been a treat. It's been great to relax and have time together as a family. We had five days off work in half term and spent it with family, friends and then in London with each other. Just before we visited London we decided to buy Merlin Annual Passes so that we could make the most of all the attractions available. We'll obviously use them throughout the year too, with trips down to Blackpool, Alton Towers and Legoland. This way we know there's no huge costs for family trips out for the rest of the year! March is a very busy month for us, and marks the last quiet month of the year. Roll on January for a break again! Here is my month in a minute for February.

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